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Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore
Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore
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3.0 out of 5 stars When Google met the Secret Society, 5 Sept. 2015
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Ok kind of book. Geek takes job at strange bookstore and finds he part of a mystery with a secret society. I found it was readable and I didn't struggle to finish, but I wasn't left wanting to buy the author's back catalogue. The story is a bit "Google geek meets Dan Brown conspiracy", so if that floats your boat you will enjoy the book more than I did.


How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
by Gordon D. Fee
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic introduction, written with humility., 4 Sept. 2015
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An excellent book. The authors are seminary professors of Old and New Testament studies. They write in a scholarly but understandable way about how to read and interpret the Bible. They discuss some of the problems in understanding it e.g. what they call the problem of historical distance (some of the Bible accounts rely on assumptions about culture that were obvious at the time which no longer apply, so the writers didn't feel the need to explain stuff that we reading today will not assume or even recognise). They also talk about the risks attached to the fact that few of us can read the original Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic and therefore how much we rely on the translators' opinions when we read it. They show the folly of simplistic televangelists who quote single verses out of context to support their selective beliefs. They also give good advice (as the title suggests) for how to read it in a more sensible way, and give good examples of where the Bible does not give easy and conclusive answers, whatever the televangelists may tell you. An excellent and very useful book with great advice for how to study the book intelligently.


The Schemer
The Schemer
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3.0 out of 5 stars Emmerdale meets Dagenham., 28 Aug. 2015
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Run of the mill story of "everyday" Essex folk. I found the characters were fairly stereotypical and the plot was hardly original. If you like Martina Cole you will probably like this stuff. I made it to the end , but can't say it is the finest book I have read this year.


The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and positive, 21 Aug. 2015
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Many of you may have seen Benjamin Zander on Youtube, Ted talks or his commercial videos. This book co-written with his wife summarises much of the same content. On the positive side, I really like many of the concepts they present, e.g. it's all invented, Rule number 6, giving an 'A', etc. I'm a pretty practically minded person, so I'd welcome a few more thoughts from the writers about how one might apply this thinking in different settings to those in which they operate. Perhaps I am just being lazy, but I'll need to work out how to apply some of the idea. Nonetheless an uplifting book, although the written word cannot really capture Zander's fanatical enthusiasm that he shows with musicians....


Dead Simple (Roy Grace series Book 1)
Dead Simple (Roy Grace series Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great first book in the series., 11 July 2015
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An excellent debut for the series. The suspense around the groom trapped after a stag night prank goes wrong, and the clever plotting makes this book very gripping. REad this and you will want to continue the series..


Live At Blues Alley
Live At Blues Alley
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about the voice, 11 July 2015
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One of my favourite albums of all time. The opening track starts with Eva singing the first few bars rather tentatively (apparently she was painfully shy), but then she lets rip and the sheer beauty of her voice take hold. When doing cover versions she still adds a little of her own touch that stops them from being bland. Ably supported by her backing band she covers songs by everyone from Cole Porter, Billie Holliday to a haunting "Fields of Gold" by Sting. My I only regret is that I wasn't there i person that night.


Seiko Men's Automatic Watch with Steel Bracelet
Seiko Men's Automatic Watch with Steel Bracelet
Price: £97.19

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reliable and lasts for ever, 11 July 2015
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I bought a similar watch 15 years ago as I was fed up of straps breaking on cheaper watches. My old Seiko kept great time and was going strong, but I sadly lost it at an airport when I took it off at security. I ordered a new one, and it's just as good as before- keeps great time and is powered automatically.Set up was easy as it's essentially the same as the old one. Like meeting an old friend again.


Dissolution: Tenth Anniversary Edition (The Shardlake Series Book 1)
Dissolution: Tenth Anniversary Edition (The Shardlake Series Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fine detective yarn., 27 Jun. 2015
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The first of the Shardlake series, and Sansom's creating of the hunchback lawyer turned into unwilling sleuth is an excellent portrayal. I'm not enough of a historian to comment on its accuracy, but the author's portrayal of Tudor Eng;land is engaging, and this tale of dark deeds in an isolated monastery is full of a gloomy menace. A good plot with well drawn characters- a great read for lovers of detective stories.


The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple) (Miss Marple Series Book 1)
The Murder at the Vicarage (Miss Marple) (Miss Marple Series Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable classic, 27 Jun. 2015
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Enjoyable Miss Marple novel. You have probably seen enough adaptations on TV to know the plot. It was interesting to reread and see that Agatha Christie doesn't quite paint Miss Marple as this lady that everyone underestimates, but has the narrator describing her as shrewd and disturbing in her omniscience. I am so influenced by Joan Hickson's wonderful portrayal in the TV series, it is interesting to see that this not quite how she is painted in this book at least. An enjoyable classic.


The Studio Crime: A Golden Age Mystery
The Studio Crime: A Golden Age Mystery
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable if a little run of the mill., 27 Jun. 2015
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Enjoyable if untaxing period detective story. Vaguely reminiscent of the Lord Peter Wimsey books. Certainly not the most labyrinthine plot in detective history, but maintains interest until the end. Decent holiday read.


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